Spots and stripes and lightning bolts Tipi.The 'kestrel door' seen from the inside.
Camp G.R.I.T.S. Tipi .
Hosted by Rosie
Rosie is the host.Rosie is a superhost.
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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Camp Grits offers a camping experience not be found anywhere else in the Smokies. Stay in our 18 foot Tipi next to Dunn creek, sleep under vintage quilts and scramble your eggs on a beautiful Norwegian wood stove.

The space

Hello and Welcome! Please read full description so as to know what to expect. The Tipi is situated between the babbling Dunn creek and the winding Rocky Flats Rd. Inside there is a full size bed made up with crisp vintage linens, a cot/couch layered in blankets and a Norwegian wood stove to dry your socks over after a long day hiking in the Smokey mountains. There are tea and coffee makings, and enough cooking utensils to make a feast. Also, to give you the extra special treat of feeling 'Back to the Land' there is no electricity in the Tipi. Lighting is provided via oil lamps and lanterns.

Guest access

The bathroom amenities are simple yet lovely and just a hop skip across Rocky Flats Road. The outhouse is built of reclaimed poplar, its windows are English leaded glass from the arts and crafts era. "It's so easy to use, just use plenty of those pine shavings when your done". The Bath house is equally lovely with claw foot tub and summer solar shower. In the cooler months you can light a fire under the bath and enjoy a 'hillbilly hot tub". The outhouse and Bath house are shared with guests staying in our vintage camper.
Also worth noting, there is no cell phone access directly at our place if you have to make an emergency call then you are more than welcome to use our land line or our internet. Otherwise, you will have to drive about 4 miles up the road to access you cell phone provider. Just another one of the health benefits while staying at Camp Grits!

Interaction with guests

We will be around for any assistance you may need. Rosie may be found in the garden or chasing our two year old son Kestrel round in the yard. Jim may be found milling about in the yard or making something in his shop. And don't be shy in asking to hang out and share campfire stories as we love to make new friends.

Other things to note

Breakfast for the next morning will be at your campsite when you arrive; tea and coffee fixings, homemade bread, an egg for each person from our happy hens , and a jar of goat's milk (in season) from the goats on English Mountain . Milk and eggs will be stocked up throughout your stay. Breakfast can be cooked on the open campfire, wood stove or propane stove provided.
Firewood will be provided for the wood stove. Camp fire wood can be foraged from our yard, or bought at Donna Joe's Subway just a quarter mile down 321 (take a left at the top of Rocky Flats road).

Free parking on premises

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House Rules
No smoking
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM

Please arrive on time, we are a family and plan our days accordingly. Our guests are expected to leave the area as they found it. We do allow pets as long as they are well loved and behaved . Please do not smoke in the Tipi. Please do not slam car doors after dark as it upsets our neighbor's dogs. Also please bring firewood for your camp fire, it can be purchased at any nearby gas station. Thank you.

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) live in the house


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

374 Reviews

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Samantha User Profile
September 2016
The Tipi was exactly as described and provided the ultimate unique getaway. It is close to the road however we did not have any issue with the traffic - very few vehicles came past during the evening and those who did were not travelling too fast. Facilities are easily accessed directly across the road and were immaculately clean. We enjoyed breakfast of the provided fresh eggs and homemade bread, thank you!!

Tarah User Profile
October 2017
It was our second time staying in the teepee and it was even more perfect than the first time. If you go, enjoy the outdoor bath tub!

Rachel User Profile
October 2017
The tipi is such a great experience! It was our second stay at Camp Grits and even better the second time. Rosie is always a pro at communication and we felt right at home for the weekend. The heated outdoor shower was a definite plus! Can't wait for our next stay at Camp Grits.

Kayla User Profile
October 2017
The Tipi was wonderful! It was nice to get unplugged and relax.

Amber User Profile
October 2017
Beautiful & charming. Lovely, hospitable hosts turned friends. My favorite place to stay. Calms the mind & the spirit.

Hannah User Profile
October 2017
Don't hesitate to book this spot for your next getaway or adventure. All three of their AirBnB properties look straight out of a Wes Anderson movie - in the best way. I immediately felt comfortable, welcomed and settled in. It was the best combination of adventure and solitude that you could ask for.

Carly User Profile
September 2017
What a memorable, special place! It was a nice respite in the middle of our road trip. We only stayed for one night, but wish we could have stayed for more. Rosie and Jim provided everything needed for a comfortable camping-like experience (minus the work/sleeping on the ground) and it was nice sleeping in a warm tipi to the sound of the nearby creek. Jim even brought chopped up wood from a fallen tree so we could have a fire and not have to drive back to town for firewood. Super cute/funny pup too (Alex)! Next time we'll be back for a longer trip!

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Rosie User ProfileRosie is a superhost.

I am an British artist who used to make videos and installations about the relationship between English folklore, and the new American Gothic; and now find myself living in the shade of the Tennessee mountains. My work being shown mostly in the elaborate outfits I make for our four year old son Kestrel to dress up in.
Both my husband Jim and I come from art school backgrounds, his paintings adorn our walls in fact the kitchen table is made of one of them resting on sawhorses.
We moved out to this place in early November 2013 ...this has become our collaboration, from fixing the house and the grounds to building structures for our guests to use and painting that big 18 foot Tipi by the creek.
We love food too, we especially love that time when the pantry is looking bare and you have to use your most creative beans to prepare something pretty and edible. It's amazing what you can come up with, as long as there's curry powder left in the spice rack.
Jim is very well read in the classics..I'm very well read in kooky fiction from the 70's (Tom Robbins). We play our music on a record player made for the blind. We don't hike enough, we feed our son too many baked beans. Jim likes direct honesty brimming on tactlessness. I like to make light of things.
We look forward to meeting you too.

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